Sinquefield Cup (1): ¿Las mejores tablas del año?

Caruana venció a Topalov y ya es nro.2 del mundo
Caruana venció a Topalov y ya es nro.2 del mundo
Caruana venció a Topalov y ya es nro.2 del mundo

Apenas habían transcurrido 5 minutos cuando todas las miradas se centraron en la partida entre el francés Vachier-Lagrave y el noruego Magnus Carlsen. Una posición más típica del siglo XIX que del XXI aparecía en el tablero. Pudimos ver entonces al campeón mundial sumergirse en una larga pensada de 35 minutos para encontrar una de las jugadas que permanecerán en la memoria de los espectadores: 13…Cb4! Tras una preciosa lucha, que comenta en profundidad el GM alemán Jan Gustafsson, la partida acabó en tablas.

La espectacularidad de la partida dejó en segundo plano las otras dos pero Fabiano Caruana, con negras, superó en buen estilo a Veselin Topalov tras ser éste quizá demasiado ambicioso. Mientras, Aronian y Nakamura mantenían una larga lucha posicional que acabó en tablas.

Aronian, Levon ½-½ Nakamura, Hikaru
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ Carlsen, Magnus
Topalov, Veselin 0-1 Caruana, Fabiano

Comienzo soñado por cualquier organizador. Vachier-Lagrave planteaba una Escocesa a Carlsen y tras pocas jugadas la posición era completamente caótica, un peón blanco en f6 amenazando el enroque, un peón negro en b3, el rey blanco en el centro… Y el gran campeón pensando y pensando. Las máquinas indicaban a los espectadores que la posición negra era jugable pero ante la rapidez con la que había ejecutado sus jugadas el francés y lo que pensaba el noruego, ¿quién no temía por él? Magnus lo resumió después de la partida en una frase:

«Estaba asustado pero entonces sólo pensé en que tenía que usar mi cerebro y ver que podía hacer.»

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La Sinquefield comienza con mojadura

por Alejandro Ramírez
28/08/2014 – No se podían haber pedido partidas más interesantes para comenzar. Unas tablas sólidas entre Levon Aronian e Hikaru Nakamura estuvieron más que compensadas por una partida salvaje e indescriptible entre MVL y Magnus Carlsen. Sin embargo, el primer líder es Caruana, tras haber aceptado el reto del cubo de hielo y aplastado a Veselin Topalov. Reportaje y partidas…
Carlsen y Vachier Lagrave, conversando tras la partida
Carlsen y Vachier Lagrave, conversando tras la partida
La partida del día – por Michael Rahal – ICC
Sinquefield Cup 2014 R1 – Caruana vs Topalov (MI Michael Rahal)
¡Comenzó en St. Louis el torneo más fuerte de la historia! Aunque cortas, las tres partidas de la primera jornada tuvieron una intensidad inusidada En la mejor partida del día, Topalov planteó una Inglesa que Caruana respondió con el sólido sistema Maroczy, oponiendo una lucha aguda con chances mutuas. El comentarista invitado en el Internet Chess Club fue el Maestro Internacional Michael Rahal, habitual de la Radio en Español de ICC. No se pierdan el resumen de esta partida. ¡Cada día EN DIRECTO! En … Donde juegan los Grandes Maestros.

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[Event "Sinquefield Cup 2014"]
[Site "St Louis, Mo"]
[Date "2014.08.27"]
[Round "1.1"]
[White "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"]
[Black "Carlsen, Magnus"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C45"]
[WhiteElo "2768"]
[BlackElo "2877"]
[Annotator "Finegold"]
[PlyCount "75"]
[EventDate "2014.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2014.01.04"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 {The Scotch! I would normally say that MVL gets the
first surprise, but I don't either player was surprised this game!} exd4 4.
Nxd4 Bc5 5. Nb3 Bb6 6. Nc3 Nf6 7. Qe2 {Magnus played this way (7.Qe2) against
Bacrot a few years ago and won. Black usually plays 7...0-0 here, but Magnus
plays an extremely rare move.} a5 {Diagram # This was played in the Ukranian
Championship by Elijanov. White played 8.a4, preventing black from doing the
same. MVL immediately plays the most testing move.} 8. e5 O-O $1 9. exf6 a4 10.
Nd5 Re8 11. Be3 axb3 12. Qg4 g6 13. Bc4 {Diagram # Somehow, this must have
been pre-game prep for both players, as they rushed to this position! I don't
understand how MVL could have anazlyed 7...a5 so deeply, since this move is
played less than 1% of the time! Instead, Magnus seemed surprised by the
Stockfish recommended 13.Bc4, and went into the tank.} Nb4 $1 {Played after 30
minutes of thought. This move, and 13...Bd4 are the engine recommended moves.
Alejandro, at first, thought there was no way Magnus would play this (I heard
this before last year, and Magnus usually played the "computer move" in these
situations).} 14. Nxb4 {And MVL also thought about 25 minutes on his response!
Even though he clearly prepared this variation, he either did not know, or
forgot this move. Now both player were clearly on their own.} d5 {The point of
Nb4... now the powerful white Nd5 is missing, and white has many pieces pinned
and attacked.} 15. Qf4 dxc4 16. O-O bxc2 $1 {Black has a lot of tempting
choices, but, as usual, Magnus finds the best move. This prevents white from
playing either rook to d1.} 17. Nd5 ({Perhaps a little bit better was} 17. Bxb6
cxb6 18. Nd5 $1 Re6 (18... Qxd5 $4 19. Qh6) 19. Qxc4 b5 $1 20. Qc5 Rd6 21. Ne7+
Kh8 22. Qxc2 Rxf6 23. Nxc8 $11) 17... Re6 $1 18. Qxc4 Bxe3 19. fxe3 b5 $1 20.
Qc5 Bb7 21. Ne7+ {MVL and Magnus are both playing fantastic moves. Now the
game could end in a draw, but Magnus plays for the win!} Kh8 (21... Rxe7 22.
fxe7 Qd2 23. Rf2 Qd1+ 24. Rf1 Qd2 25. Rf2 Qd1+ 26. Rf1 $11) 22. Qxc2 Raa6 23.
Rac1 $6 {Probably MVL saw the final position when he played this move. But 23.
Rad1 should be equal.} Rxf6 24. Rxf6 Rxf6 25. Qxc7 {Diagram #} Qd2 $6 {Magnus
played this with only a few minutes remaining. Instead, black has the edge in
the pawn down ending (!) after 25...Qd3!} ({Better was} 25... Qd3 26. Qc3 Qxc3
27. Rxc3 Rd6 $1 {and black can play for a win}) 26. Qb8+ Kg7 27. Qg8+ Kh6 28.
Qf8+ Kh5 29. Rc5+ g5 30. Rxg5+ $1 Kxg5 31. Qg7+ Rg6 32. Qe5+ f5 (32... Kh6 33.
Nf5+ Kh5 34. Ng3+ Kh6 35. Nf5+ $11) 33. h4+ Kh5 (33... Kg4 34. Qxf5+ Kxh4 35.
Qf4+ Kh5 36. Qf5+ Kh4 37. Qf4+ $11) 34. Qxf5+ Kh6 35. Qf8+ Kh5 36. Qf5+ Kh6 37.
Qf8+ Kh5 38. Qf5+ 1/2-1/2

[Event "Sinquefield Cup 2014"]
[Site "St Louis, Mo"]
[Date "2014.08.27"]
[Round "1.2"]
[White "Aronian, Levon"]
[Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D19"]
[WhiteElo "2805"]
[BlackElo "2787"]
[Annotator "Finegold"]
[PlyCount "79"]
[EventDate "2014.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2014.01.04"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 {A main line Slav.} 5. a4 Bf5 6. e3 (
6. Ne5 {is also topical.}) 6... e6 7. Bxc4 Bb4 8. O-O Nbd7 9. Qe2 O-O 10. e4
Bg6 11. Bd3 Bh5 12. e5 Nd5 13. Nxd5 cxd5 14. Qe3 Re8 15. Bd2 {15.Ng5 and 15.
Ne1 are more common. However, Aronian knows 15.Bd2 well, since he faced it as
black against Kramnik!} Qa5 {Levon played 15...Be7 against Kramnik in 2010 and
drew. Hikaru has other ideas.} 16. Qe1 {Diagram # A novelty. White always
played 16.Bxb4 before this game. Levon seems intent on trading queens
throughout the game, but Hikaru was not interested.} Bxd2 17. Qxd2 Qd8 18. Ng5
Bg6 19. Bxg6 fxg6 {Diagram # This may look odd, but it is quite typical in
Slav positions to capture this way, so as to avoid mating attacks down the "h"
file.} 20. f4 Rc8 21. Rac1 Qb6 {As Alejandro pointed out in the Live
commentary, the black Queen is perfectly placed on b6. It puts pressure on d4
and b2 and defends the e6 pawn.} 22. a5 Qa6 23. Qb4 h6 24. Nf3 b6 {This
surprised me during the game, but it seems quite good.} 25. Qd6 Nf8 26. axb6
axb6 27. Qb4 Qd3 {It is difficult for either side to win, or even to try to
win any material. A draw is likely.} 28. Qd2 Qb3 {Once again, Hikaru wants the
queens on the board.} 29. Rfe1 Rxc1 30. Rxc1 Ra8 {Hikaru offers a draw, which
was declined.} 31. h4 Ra2 32. Rc2 Ra1+ 33. Kh2 Rb1 34. Kg3 Kh7 35. Rc8 $6 {Now
the game will end in a repetition. The last chance to try to keep playing was
35.Qc3.} Rxb2 36. Qc1 Qa2 37. Qh1 (37. Rxf8 $4 Rxg2+ 38. Kh3 Qf2 {and black
wins.}) 37... Qa3 (37... Nd7 $4 38. Ng5+ hxg5 39. hxg5#) 38. Qc1 Qa2 39. Qh1
Qa3 40. Qc1 1/2-1/2

[Event "Sinquefield Cup 2014"]
[Site "St Louis, Mo"]
[Date "2014.08.27"]
[Round "1.3"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Caruana, Fabiano"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A34"]
[WhiteElo "2772"]
[BlackElo "2801"]
[Annotator "Finegold"]
[PlyCount "68"]
[EventDate "2014.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2014.01.04"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 Nc7 7. O-O e5 {
Fabiano was pleased with the opening, saying he was playing white in a Maroczy
with a tempo down.} 8. a3 Rb8 9. d3 Be7 10. Be3 O-O 11. Rc1 Bd7 12. Nd2 {White
has given up on b4 ideas, and switches to f4 ideas instead!} Nd4 13. Nc4 f6 14.
f4 exf4 15. Bxf4 Nde6 16. Bd2 b6 {The whole game has been slow positional
maneuvering, where neither side can really claim any edge. The next move
shocked Alejandro and me!} 17. g4 $5 {Diagram #} Be8 18. Be1 {Ah, the point of
17.g4!? Topalov wants to play Bg3 and control dark squares. Fabiano nicely
thwarts his opponent's plans.} b5 $1 {In the commentary afterwards, Fabiano
said he was worried a bit about the c5 pawn, but thought it would be okay.} 19.
Ne3 Bd6 {Diagram # Black drives away the Nc4 so he can play Bd6-e5. An idea
which works excellently!} 20. Ncd5 $2 {The next few moves shows that Veselin
has lost the thread of the game. By trading pieces and giving black Be5, his
g4 move is simply weakening. Now black seizes the initiative!} Nxd5 21. Bxd5
Bf7 22. Nf5 Be5 23. Qd2 $2 {Fabiano thought this was the losing move. Now
black gets to hop his knight to a great square, and with tempo!} Nd4 $1 24.
Bxf7+ Rxf7 {With Nb3 in the air, and 25.Nxd4 unplayable, due to 25...Qxd4+
forking, white is in big trouble.} 25. Rd1 Nxf5 26. gxf5 Qd4+ 27. Bf2 Qg4+ 28.
Kh1 c4 $1 29. Qc2 Re8 $1 {Diagram # Fabiano finishes with computer-like
precision. White is defenseless on both sides of the board, and the center!}
30. dxc4 $2 Qh5 31. h4 ({The natural} 31. Bg1 {loses to} Bxh2 32. Bxh2 Rxe2 {
and here Fabiano pointed out that if he had played his other rook to the "e"
file with 29...Re7, then white would play 33.Qxe2 and 33.Bxb8 here!}) 31... Qg4
32. Qd3 bxc4 33. Qe3 Rfe7 34. b3 Bb2 0-1



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